Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:02 AM

Solomon Islands Calls for Permanent UN Office

Solomon Islands have called for a permanent UN presence in the country in order to truly understand the post conflict and recovery situation here.

Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services Chris Laore made the call at a High Level Meeting of the current 68th UN General Assembly in New York on the topic "Putting Peace at the Heart of Sustainable Development".

Delivering the Solomon Islands statement at the UN Headquarters, Mr Laore said putting peace at the heart of development is about a new partnership between developed and developing countries which requires further UN presence in countries under going post conflict recovery such as Solomon Islands.

He pointed out this partnership must be built on mutual trust and respect for the State's duty and responsibility for the progress and prosperity of its people.

The Minister said many countries have emerged from conflict with a proliferation of non-governmental organizations that are externally funded over state institution.

He said this has to change to peace and state building targets.

Minister Laore also called on the UN to change the existing relationship between States and the UN where decisions are made regionally rather than nationally.

He said this arrangement has to change and special attention needs to be given to G7 countries and to have dedicated UN presence in post conflict countries like Solomon Islands.

The Meeting will conclude on October 3.

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